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2009 AGTrust Announces Riggs Scholarship Recipients

The Assemblies of God Trust and The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education are pleased to
announce the recipients of the 2009-2010 AG Trust Scholarships.  Under the leadership of General
Superintendent George O. Wood and Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison, AGTrust seeks to
strategically invest in our next generation of leaders.  Therefore, this fund awards one male and one
female high school senior the General Superintendent’s Scholarship, worth up to $30,000 over a four year
period.  In addition, the eight semi-finalists are awarded the other Riggs Scholarships, worth $5,000 each.     
 
Over 90 outstanding students made application for the inaugural year of these scholarships, and the ten
winners were chosen based on categories including academics, extra-curricular involvement, Christian
service, Christian life, financial need, personal essay and references.  All applicants had to have at least a
3.5 GPA, be involved in an AG church and plan to attend an endorsed Assemblies of God college or
university directly following high school.
 
The ten awardees are as follows:   
 
General Superintendent’s Scholarship Winners - $30,000
 
Miguel Guerreiro, the son of Mario and Holly Guerreiro, will graduate from Central High School in
Springfield, MO, in May 2009.  While maintaining a high GPA in Central’s rigorous International
Baccalaureate program, Miguel has been involved in activities such as varsity soccer, student
government, drama, Youth Alive and speech & debate.  In the community, he has volunteered with the
American Red Cross, Victory Mission and the A.L.S. Awareness Walk.  Miguel is a member of Evangel
Temple where he has been involved in youth leadership team, Fine Arts and missions trips.  He was the
2007 Fine Arts National Award of Merit winner for Short Sermon and the 2008 Merit winner for Drama
Solo.    
 
Elisabeth Kilsdonk, the daughter of Rod and Lisa Kilsdonk, will graduate from Baker High School in
Baker, MT, in May 2009.  Elisabeth is valedictorian of her senior class while being actively involved in
activities such as band, cheerleading, student council, student publications, and Business Professionals of
America.  Over the past few years, Elisabeth has been involved in community service such as highway
clean-up, tsunami relief efforts and nursing home visitation.  She attends Baker Assembly of God where
her father is the pastor.  There, she is a children’s church teacher, nursery worker, bass guitarist for her
youth group and church worship teams, and a participant in missions opportunities.  
 
Other Riggs Scholarship Winners - $5,000
 
Heidee Kolenda - Menominee, Michigan
Colin Knoth - Springfield, Missouri
Melia McDonald - Fairbanks, Alaska  
John Mowery - Salunga, Pennsylvania
Courtney Preston - Mustang, OK 
Krista Sachen - Brookings, South Dakota
Krager Tomes – Oklahoma City, OK
Desiree Vogt - Tribune, Kansas  
 
The ten scholarship recipients will be attending the following Assemblies of God colleges this Fall:
Central Bible College (Springfield, Missouri); Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri); North Central
University (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Southwestern AG University (Waxahachie, Texas); and Trinity
Bible College (Ellendale, North Dakota).

For more information about the AGTrust, visit agtrust.org.
 
Christy Rowden is an administrative coordinator for The Alliance for AG Higher Education. 

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